or im·post·er syn·drome
anxiety or self-doubt that results from persistently undervaluing one’s competence and active role in achieving success, while falsely attributing one's accomplishments to luck or other external forces.
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"American Idol" and Tourette Syndrome — what is the link, and how exactly does Tourette’s affect language?You can never predict the circumstances that rocket a word into the stratosphere of public awareness. This season’s “American Idol” has accomplished this feat for not one, but two complex illnesses: Tourette Syndrome (TS) and Asperger Syndrome (AS.) One of the “Idol” constestants, James Durbin from Santa Cruz, California, has both of these disorders. As each week passes, Durbin is helping to change the perception many …
- impossible figure,
- impost block,
Origin of impostor syndrome
Coined by Pauline Rose Clance (U.S. psychologist) and Suzanne Imes (U.S. psychologist) in a psychology journal article “The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention” in 1978
Also called im·pos·tor phe·nom·e·non, im·post·er phe·nom·e·non [im-pos-ter fuh-nom-uh-non, ‐nuhn] /ɪmˈpɒs tər fəˌnɒm əˌnɒn, ‐nən/.
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